Army warns of imminent Boko Haram attacks on churches
The Nigerian Army sent out an alert at the weekend (27 January 2018) of an imminent threat to worship places, especially churches by Boko Haram.
The statement said that “fleeing terrorists will want to take cover and begin to filter into isolated communities. These defeated Boko Haram terrorists in their desperation to remain relevant, may further resort to employment of suicide bombers to inflict pain and terror on innocent and unsuspecting populace.”
The army is asking that people should “report any observed strange movements and suspicious persons in their communities particularly in places of worship, markets, weddings and any other gathering to the relevant security agencies within their localities.”
Meanwhile, continuous attacks on Christian communities have continued in the predominantly central region of Nigeria.
At least five people were killed by Fulani herdsmen in Huke, Miango in Plateau State, Middle region of Nigeria, on Thursday 26 January, and three others were killed late Friday 27 January at Hyambula village in northeast Adamawa state, by Boko Haram. “There was an attack at Hyambula last night. Three people were killed and three others kidnapped,” Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar confirmed.
The police said one of the jihadists shot dead one man, and the other with a suicide vest, blew himself up killing two and leaving five injured. “They shot a resident who was resting under a tree outside his house,” Maina Ularamu, the community leader said. “When residents had gathered around him a suicide bomber hiding in the tree jumped off and detonated his explosives among the crowd.”
The International Crisis Group, in a report late last year, said estimated death toll since 2016 in Plateau State is up to 2,500. Plateau state, a predominantly Christian State, lies in the fault line between the predominantly Muslim north from the largely Christian south. It has suffered attacks by both Boko Haram Islamists and Islamic Fulani cattle herdsmen.
Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos
Image Credits: Google Images: Boko Haram propaganda video/Army